Newsrooms Consider Crisis At NewsTECHForum

Leaders from ABC News, Hearst and Tegna will explore how 2020’s onslaught of crucial stories has tested their agility and impacted the technology and workflows they use at TVNewsCheck’s virtual NewsTECHForum event in December. Register here.

In 2020, news executives have learned that they can’t take their eyes off left field for a moment with a global pandemic testing their most elaborate contingency plans, extreme weather accelerating and uncertainty seeping into every aspect of American life. How those leaders have adapted to cope with that reality is the subject of a panel, Pivoting the Newsroom to Crisis, kicking off TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum event in December.

Ellen Crooke

Ellen Crooke, VP of news at Tegna; Brian Kennedy, SVP of global newsgathering at ABC News; and Barb Maushard, SVP of news at Hearst Television, will join TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp to examine how such newsroom pivots have been executed at both local and national news organizations. The panel will run on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. ET.

“Newsrooms have never been tested more exhaustingly than by the events of this year, and Ellen, Brian and Barb will offer a very illuminating look into how they steered their newsrooms through an ongoing period of uncertainty and a protracted shift to remote production,” Depp said. “The adaptions they’ve made this year will point the entire industry in new directions, and we’ll look closely at the agility newsrooms will need to maintain going forward and the technology they need to realize it.”

Brian Kennedy

NewsTECHForum will also feature sessions on Novel Approaches to News Storytelling Under Stress; How Will Digital and Streaming Storytelling Evolve in 2021?; Advances in IP and Cloud Workflows; Remote Production: From Exception to Option; Standing Out on Social in a Historic Year; and News 2022: The Reshaping of Programming, Technology and Audience.


Attendees will participate in the live, daily, two-and-a-half-hour streamed sessions on Zoom Webinar, where they can pose questions to speakers, participate in live audience polling and wrap up the day with half-hour, open-mic Roundtables on key issues.

Barb Maushard

Before, during and after the conference, attendees may also network, submit suggested questions for speakers, chat about issues, browse virtual exhibits and set appointments with sponsors by downloading the TVNewsCheck Events app from the Apple or Android stores. App users who have registered for NewsTECHForum also have the option of watching the programming’s live stream on the app.

Register for NewsTECHForum here.

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